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9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429 | 877-377-9925 | plantationoncrystalriver.com
Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay. On site, the Plantation features a full-service family-oriented dive and tour marina. Guests have the unique opportunity to swim with the manatees (the only place you can in North America), rent a pontoon or boat or relax by the riverfront pool.
How about taking a dip with manatees or diving for scallops? It’s all in your own backyard at the Plantation on Crystal River – a hidden gem along Florida’s Nature Coast, just 80 miles north of Tampa. Joining the family fun this summer is a brand-new, lively and colorful children’s splash pad, located directly on the river, and a new sand volleyball court, right near the corn hole and croquet. This charming resort has remained a popular escape for more than 50 years and is home to a full-service marina and Adventure Center, 18 holes of golf, lagoon-style riverfront pool, Aveda spa and three restaurant outlets – something for everyone!
Crystal River is the only place in the world where snorkelers can interact with the West Indian Manatee in their natural habitat. The Plantation Adventure Center offers this “bucket list” opportunity to swim alongside the endangered species. The manatees gather in the constant 72-degree waters of the Crystal River and Kings Bay, especially during the cooler winter months. As a summer tradition, many families visit the Plantation to go scalloping, sometimes compared to an underwater Easter egg hunt. Scalloping season runs from July 1 through September 24 and is like snorkeling, but with the simple addition of a mesh bag for storing a harvest of scallops. With more than 1,600 feet of seawall, overnight guests can tie up their boats at any of over 80 spaces right outside their room and hit the Gulf on their own – or Plantation on Crystal River can set families up with a number of scalloping captains who know all the hotspots. When scallop seekers return from a long day on the water, West 82 Bar & Grill will prepare the day’s cleaned harvest for dinner.
Manatee, scalloping and other tours and rentals can be made through the Plantations’ Adventure Center. Guests also have the option to book special room night packages at the Plantation on Crystal River where the tours are included. For reservations and information, call toll-free (800) 632-6262 or visit www.PlantationonCrystalRiver.com